McIlroy making good progress

Rory McIlroy's agent has said that the world number one is "progressing well" from an ankle injury, but has not shed any light on whether he will defend his PGA Championship title.

The Ulsterman has been sidelined since injuring ankle ligaments on the eve of the Open, preventing him from making a bid for back-to-back titles, while also casting his appearance at next week's PGA Championship into doubt.

There have been conflicting reports as to whether or not McIlroy will test out his injured ankle at Whistling Straits this weekend, with some outlets reporting that he will play a practice round at the Wisconsin venue.

In a text message to the Golf Channel's Tim Rosaforte, McIlroy’s manager, Sean O’Flaherty, said of his client: "Rehab is going good and progressing well. Should know more later this week.”

The 26-year-old put in a strong showing when the PGA Championship was last held at Whistling Straits in 2010, finishing one shot off a spot in a play-off.